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So Long Safe Cig?

I’m going to guess that, if you’ve made your way here, you’re wondering what happened to the Safe Cig. Good question. I don’t have any answers for you. Two weeks ago was the last time i checked to order from them and as you probably already know they were out of almost all refill varieties (except the ones no one liked). The other day i was informed via a response to my blog article Safe Cig Vs. Blu that the web site is down. Today, I checked and it rerouted directly to Seminole e cigarettes. There is a link at the bottom of the Seminole page to connect with Safe Cig which i tried and… it doesn’t work.

So i’ve got nothing.

It really doesn’t matter anyway as i’m done. I’ve gotten really tired of trying to track them down with product, refills and all that stuff. I’ve thrown away untold riches (that i don’t have i might add) to try and procure an alternative to cigarettes. I’ve spent a poop-load on disposables while i wait patiently for the supply to return and i’m just done, frankly. I want no more of it and i sure as hell am not going to switch to Blu. BLEICH. I’d rather boil up toxic cleaning solutions in a crock pot and stick my head over it. Yuck. There is no more disgusting vaporizing cigarette than Blu and you would have to find some seriously diabolically evil tobacco executives to dream one up.

Nope. I’m DONE.

If you’ve been buying from Safe Cig for a while you are probably aware of the precedent from a few months ago when they had a similar dearth of supply and all of a sudden VOILA! They’re back on the scene with NEW products. It may happen again. Time will tell. But i’m jumping ship as much as i loved their Royale flavor. Yumm….

That’s not to say i’m going back to smoking regular cigarettes. Nope. I’m going to try something new. Or old as the case may be. I’ve ordered a Joyetech 310? I think? vaping system. Basically it’s a refillable system so you don’t have to worry about the supply of cartridges suddenly disappearing over night. I guess the idea is you fill a little tank and refill your own cartridges of e-juice of e-smoke. I’ve chosen Johnson Creek Original Smoke Juice (mainly because i’ve heard some good things and they’re located in my home state of Wisconsin so i can get supplies a little faster.) They also produce their own e-cig type thing which i haven’t checked out but if you’ve run dry on your safe cig stuff it might be something to look into.

Now just to be clear: I do not yet have the system so i’m not making any recommendations yet. I got a delivery of the smoke juice yesterday and it smells pretty nice but i don’t have anything to put it in yet so i can’t definitively say that it may be a good alternative to the Safe Cig. When i get all my ducks in a row here i’ll happily let you know.

In the mean time – if you’re really getting desperate i’d recommend the E-tron disposable. It tastes pretty good but i’m not going to lie: it gets expensive fast and i’ve already had a few that didn’t vape properly straight out of the package. When they work they seem better than most of the other disposables out there.

If anyone has any info on the new Seminole thing though in comparison to the old Safe Cig let me know and i’ll happily share it in the next blog on the subject (which may be in a couple of days)

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Safe Cig vs. Blu (or as i like to call it, Bleich!)

Blu sucks. There it is in a nutshell. You don’t want any part of it, unless wrapping your lips around an exhaust pipe for a coal burning farm tractor circa 1915 excites you in some way. It’s just godawful. I can’t even pick up the ultra cheapo, poorly designed carrying case without having a moment of actual stomach churning revulsion. It only gets worse once i flip the little plastic lid thingy and take a whiff. Then i actually feel like i might throw up. 

But let’s back the truck up for a moment. 

I’ve been using the Safe Cig for over a year now. I’ve been trying to quit smoking you see, or at least quit smoking real cigarettes because i hear they’re pretty bad for you. So for christmas a few years ago my mom, who is entirely in support of me quitting smoking, bought me a Safe Cig starter kit. I don’t even remember for sure what was in the kit. Probably the initial battery and a set of refills. If you know what i’m talking about this is all pretty self explanatory and i won’t bother going over it again. If you’re looking to purchase though, PLEASE read on before you make a horrendous and expensive mistake.

Safe Cig worked fine, for the most part. They came out with a wide variety of flavors, the product worked okay, things were nice and groovy. It didn’t immediately make me quit smoking, though. That’s more my fault than the product, though. The trouble is i live in Wisconsin and the replacement cartridges get shipped out from L.A. There is no local distributor, so when you run out or haven’t sufficiently planned ahead there is no running down to the store and picking up a quick box of replacements to tie you over until the post office comes through. Combine that with the occasional outages in supply, lost shipments, the rare completely empty cartridge and sometimes completely empty online store and i ended up with a few too many moments of panic where the option was to go and buy a pack of cigarettes or try a different, more available e-cig. 

Of course i wasn’t about to give up on all my hard, non-smoking work so i went with the option of getting a more available replacement e-cig. No big deal, i figured. How different could it be, really? And this way i can just nip down to the local Walgreens and pick up some replacements whenever. A friend suggested i give the throwaways a try and i did but it was a short term solution and i needed something a little more permanent. 

So i chose the Blu. Good god, what a mistake. 

The starter kit comes with two batteries that are a good deal smaller than SafeCig regular but about on par with the same companies slim version. It also comes with a variety pack of cartridges in cherry, menthol, something else and something else? I think. One has a little pipe picture on the side. I think it’s supposed to be like pipe tobacco. The other one has a cup of coffee on the side. I have no idea what the hell that’s supposed to be. It turns out it doesn’t matter anyway as they all taste the same. If you happen to be a professional taster of things, like a faux tobacco sommelier or something you might detect a difference but i wouldn’t want to ruin your refined taste buds on something so horrendously awful so i don’t recommend it. 

Let’s put it this way: if you were to slow roast a chunk of pig poop in a brine of the worst sort of toxic cleaning agents you could find – the sort that you would use to strip rust off things or pollute entire provinces in India – you would come fairly close to the exciting flavor of the Blu e-Cigarette. To say it’s horrible doesn’t quite come close. It’s the sort of thing a conference of frightened cigarette manufacturers might come up with if they really wanted to prevent smokers from not smoking. Yes. You read that right. It made me want to smoke. And not just smoke, but smoke something awful – like cat feces. Anything would be better than that. 

So, i’m stuck with my Safe Cig. I’m actually very happy with it. It works pretty well, has a nice heft to it, the flavors (the good ones anyway – there are plenty that i don’t “like” but none that i abhor with quite the same venom that i hate Blu) are actually pretty nice. I’m a huge fan of the Royale, but don’t ask me to describe it. The best i’ve been able to come up with is that it tastes a bit like the berries in Crunch Berry cereal. The only trouble is the supply and the constant, nagging fear that one day i’ll be completely without them. It’s happened once already where i’ve had to go more than a month without resupply because there was literally NOTHING available in their online store. 

That said i would swim through a pool of acid filled with piranha’s to get away from the Blu which is ironic because that’s pretty much how it tastes. Dead piranha’s in acid. If that’s your thing go for it but it means we can’t be friends. I can’t associate with anyone who would have taste buds so mangled as to think it’s a good thing. 

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